Definition of Passive:

  1. A passive form of a verb.

  2. Denoting or relating to a voice of verbs in which the subject undergoes the action of the verb (e.g., they were killed as opposed to he killed them).

  3. Not actively participating in an activity by choice, such as a passive or sleeping partner.

  4. Component (such as a cable or pipe) or device (such as a heat exchanger or radiator) that has no moving parts and requires no energy input to perform its function. Also called passive component.

  5. (of a metal) made unreactive by a thin inert surface layer of oxide.

  6. (of a circuit or device) containing no source of electromotive force.

  7. Substance rendered inactive, inert, or unreactive through passivation.

  8. Device (such as transponder) that only reflects a signal, or transmits a signal only upon receiving a command.

  9. Accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance.

Synonyms of Passive

Submissive, Acquiescent, Unresisting, Yielding, Unassertive, Non-resistant, Compliant, Complaisant, Pliant, Resigned, Obedient, Docile, Tractable, Malleable, Pliable, Meek, Subdued, Deferential, Forbearing, Long-suffering, Patient, Lamblike, Non-violent, Supine, Laodicean, Olympian, Abeyant, Abject, Accepting, Accommodating, Acquiescent, Active, Active voice, Adapting, Adaptive, Adjusting, Agreeable, Aloof, Amenable, Apathetic, Asleep, Assenting, Bearing, Benumbed, Blah, Blank, Blankminded, Blase, Bovine, Calm, Cataleptic, Catatonic, Centrist, Comatose, Complaisant, Compliable, Compliant, Complying, Consenting, Contemplative, Cool, Dead, Deferential, Desensitized, Detached, Disinterested, Dispassionate, Do-nothing, Docile, Dopey, Dormant, Dull, Empty, Empty-headed, Enduring, Even, Fatuous, Fifty-fifty, Flat, Flexible, Forbearing, Foul, Gentle, Groggy, Half-and-half, Heartless, Heavy, Hebetudinous, Hopeless, Humble, Idle, Immobile, Impartial, Impassive, Imperturbable, Implicit, In a stupor, In abeyance, In suspense, Inactive, Inane, Incogitant, Independent, Indifferent, Inert, Insouciant, Laissez-aller, Laissez-faire, Lamblike, Languid, Languorous, Latent, Leaden, Lethargic, Lifeless, Listless, Logy, Long-suffering, Malleable, Medio-passive, Meditative, Meek, Middle, Middle voice, Midway, Moderate, Motionless, Neuter, Neutral, Nirvanic, Nonaligned, Nonchalant, Noncommitted, Nondissenting, Nonpartisan, Nonresistant, Nonresisting, Nonresistive, Nonviolent, Numb, Numbed, Obedient, Oblivious, On the fence, Out of it, Ovine, Paralytic, Paralyzed, Passive voice, Patient, Phlegmatic, Placid, Pliable, Pluckless, Procrastinating, Quiescent, Quiet, Quietist, Quietistic, Receptive, Reconciled, Reflexive, Relaxed, Repressed, Resigned, Sedentary, Serene, Servile, Sheepish, Slack, Sleeping, Sleepy, Sluggish, Slumbering, Smoldering, Soporific, Spiritless, Spunkless, Stagnant, Stagnating, Standing, Standpat, Static, Stationary, Still, Stoic, Stolid, Stupefied, Subdued, Submissive, Subservient, Supine, Suspended, Tacit, Tame, Third-force, Third-world, Thoughtfree, Thoughtless, Tolerant, Torpid, Tractable, Tranquil, Unaffected, Unaroused, Unassertive, Uncaring, Uncommitted, Uncomplaining, Unconcerned, Undisclosed, Unexpressed, Unideaed, Unintellectual, Uninterested, Uninvolved, Unmoved, Unmoving, Unoccupied, Unperturbed, Unreasoning, Unresistant, Unresisting, Unresponsive, Unrevealed, Unshaken, Unthinking, Untouched, Vacant, Vacuous, Vegetable, Vegetative, Voice, Withdrawn, Yielding

How to use Passive in a sentence?

  1. It was thought to be characterized by a fairly high proportion of such features as subordinate clauses, adjectives, the pronoun I and passives.
  2. But the framers set a grammatical conundrum for us when they put the main clause in the passive voice: ‘shall not be infringed’.
  3. The women were portrayed as passive victims.

Meaning of Passive & Passive Definition